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BYZANTINE CHURCHES
In accordance with these statements,, Gerlach l saw depicted on the walls of the church two figures in archducal attire, representing the founder of the church and his wife, with this legend beside them :
Michael Ducas Glabas Tarchaniotes, protostrator and founder ; Maria Ducaena Coinnena Palaeologina Biachena,2 protostratorissa and foundress.
Aou/cas FAa/^as Tap^aFtwr^S'j o Tr/xorocrrpara)/) /cat Ma/)ta AovKawa KO/XI/TJVT) XlaAaioAoyu/a BAa/catva,2 17 TrpwrocrrpaTOpurcra at
Michael Glabas was created protostrator in 12923 and acquired the right to appoint the abbot of the monastery before 1295. Consequently the completion of the repair of the church at his instance must be assigned to the interval between these dates.
The protostrator Michael Glabas Ducas Tarchaniotes3 who must not be confounded with his namesake the proto-vestiarius Michael Palaeologus Tarchaniotes,8 enjoyed the reputation of an able general and wise counsellor in the reign of Andronicus II., although, being a victim to gout, he was often unable to serve his country in the former capacity. He was noted also for his piety and his interest in the poor, as maybe inferred from his restoration of the Pam-makaristos and the erection of a xenodocheion.4 His wife was a niece of the Emperor Michael Palaeologus, and related, as her titles imply, to other great families in the country, A pious woman, and devoted to her husband, she proved the sincerity of her affection by erecting to his memory, as will appear in the sequel, the beautiful chapel at the south-east end of the church. Before her death she
1  M. Crusius, Turcograecia, p. 189.
2  It should read, "Bpdvaiva.     See Siderides, in the Proceedings of the Greek Syllogos ofC.P. vol. xxix. p. 267.
3  For the protovestknus, see Pachym. i. pp. 205, 469 ; ii. pp. 68, 72, 210 5 for the protostrator, see Pachym. ii. pp. 12, 445,    The former died in 1284, the latter about 1315.     Cf. Siderides, ut supra.    See on this subject the article of A. E. Martini in Atti delta R. Academia di archeologta, letter e e belle artz, vol. xx., Napoli, 1900.
4  Carmina Philae, vol. i. Codex Florent. ode 95, lines 280-82.